The Attenborough Award Honoring the Cousteau Family

For the first time in 5 years, the SBIFF will present the Attenborough Award For Excellence in Nature Filmmaking to the Cousteau Family – Jean-Michel and his son and daughter Fabien and Celine — for their decades-long commitment to educating the public and discovering the mysteries of the ocean. The award will be presented on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at the Arlington Theatre.

2015 Opening Night Film “Desert Dancer”

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, will kick off Opening Night with the U.S. Premiere of Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer at the historic Arlington Theatre on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Directed by Richard Raymond and starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen and Marmama Corlett, Desert Dancer tells the true story of a self-taught dancer pursuing a dream in a suppressed society.

Jessica Lange to be honored with Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s ninth annual KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM will be presented to two time Academy Award-winning actress JESSICA LANGE. Guests will gather to celebrate her achievements at a black-tie Gala dinner at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Sunday November 16, 2014.

The Wave’s Audience Award Winner and Two More Waves Announced!

Claude LeLouch’s “We Love You, You Bastard” wins Audience Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s inaugural The Wave Film Festival.

SBIFF announces dates for two more Wave Festivals featuring Spanish and Latin American films plus returning plus returning French cinema.

SBIFF 2015 Passes and Ticket Packages available now for 25% off!

From July 21 through August 31 you will receive 25% off your purchase of passes and ticket packages to the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival!

Schedule and Lineup announced for The Wave Film Festival

SBIFF is excited to officially announce the schedule and lineup for The Wave Film Festival. Individual tickets are now available!

A new summer Film Festival announced PLUS extended dates for the 2015 Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has set Tuesday, January 27 through Saturday, February 7, 2015 as the dates for the 30th edition. In honor of the 30th Anniversary, SBIFF has added a 12th day, extending the movie-going experience for all…just one of the many ways they will be celebrating as they enter into its third decade.

SBIFF is also introducing a brand new summer film showcase called “The Wave Film Festival.” In their continued efforts to bring more year round foreign and independent films to hungry cinephiles of the Santa Barbara community, SBIFF will present a 5-day Film Festival each summer. This summer will focus solely on French Cinema. Over a dozen fresh and current French films will be shown Wednesday, July 16 through Sunday, July 20 at the Riviera Theatre. [click for more info]

Thank you to our Volunteers!

The festival would not be possible without our amazing and dedicated Volunteers. For making 2014 a success, we would like to thank each and every one of our Volunteers! [click here for a full list of Volunteers]

2014 Award Winning Films Announced

The 29th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG Australia, announced the winners of the 2014 festival competition at a Press Conference and Brunch Sunday morning at the Fess Parker – A Doubletree by Hilton Resort. To the delight of patrons and industry professionals, the festival’s 29th season continued the tradition of presenting purely exceptional films, spanning genres and topics that surpass anything before. Throughout the 11 days, cinephiles from around the globe packed the theaters of State Street, creating one of the most vivacious periods the area has ever seen.